Thursday, January 5, 2012

Obama's Three "ANYs"

Barack Obama - the president we thought was going to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and restore the rule of law - has instituted a new regime. It's called "the three ANYs". The U.S. government can detain:




(Got a problem with that?)

January 22, 2009: President Obama signs order to close
Guantanamo Bay Detention Center within one year.

Details are in the newly minted "National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA). (got police state?)

If you think it's time to stop being quiet and resist, get involved in the national mobilization against indefinite detention.

If you live in Chicago, COME OUT and SUPPORT the events taking place now through January 11 (and beyond) and spread the word!

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Chicago was the site of major protests against U.S. detention practices in Guantanamo, as well as in Bagram, other prisons throughout Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the world, on and around January 11, 2012. We called for an end to indefinite detention, unfair trials, and torture.

(See Chicago Protests Guantanamo Detention)

"Occupy Chicago opposes the language featured in the National Defense Authorization Act, which if passed would allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens by the military without charge or trail anywhere in the world. This expands and codifies tactics from the War on Terror of illegal detentions condemned by international law and our own constitution. We urge senators Durbin and Kirk to oppose this type of legislation in any form."

(See Occupy the NDAA! Oppose Indefinite Detention!

The story of the past decade-plus has been the story of the assertion by some that the conception of law that our society has is not sufficient.  Simply put, there are those who say that there is a third, "in-between" category of behavior -- and legal status -- that is not civilian (subject to criminal law) and not military (subject to military law and the laws of war). And since there are no rules about how to deal with that third category . . . .

(See Using the Good, Old Criminal Justice System: Worth a Try?)